Forked River is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,352 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forked River is the 311th largest community in New Jersey.
Forked River is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Forked River is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forked River who work in office and administrative support (17.96%), sales jobs (12.40%), and teaching (11.15%).
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Forked River has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Forked River a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Forked River is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Forked River is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Forked River, the average commute to work is 34.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small town, Forked River has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
In terms of college education, Forked River is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.11% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Forked River in 2010 was $37,988, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,952 for a family of four. However, Forked River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Forked River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forked River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forked River include Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Forked River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.